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Ash’s thoughts, thinkings and ideas on being more productive in your business (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

Find motivation in your new normal

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” – John Dryden   This is one of my favourite quotes at the moment.   Probably because it’s a topic that’s been coming up in my Masterminds a lot lately. Like many business owners, I have some clients who really struggle to motivate themselves through […]

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The things I HATE in business!

I recently found myself watching an episode of room 101 on YouTube.   It was because I was watching highlights of England’s magnificent victory over Sweden to reach the Semi-Finals of The World Cup. I suspect YouTube may have recommended the episode as it’s hosted by Frank Skinner.  Frank who with David Baddiel and the […]

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Make Decisions Fast (then implement them immediately)

This week Josie was doing some work shadowing with me on my Masterminds.   She was told by the school to observe but not get involved with any of the actual work. I don’t really understand the point, either. So, she sat in on the two days and took notes. Mostly she didn’t get involved […]

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Amateur Vs Pro

“Let me try that…”   “Wow, that feels nice, I mean really nice.  I think I’ll give it a proper go today and see if I can put a decent score in”    I’m standing in the club shop of a Silves golf club in the Algarve, Portugal.  I’ve just spent five days playing golf on some beautiful […]

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5 tips for couples in business

Running a business is really tough, making a marriage work can also be very challenging. When you combine the two by running a business with your significant other it can be double the trouble. However, if done right you’ll have an incredible bond with your other half and the recipe for a successful life together.Here’s […]

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Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

If you read my last blog.  You’ll know that I was talking about the importance of practice. That learning on its own isn’t enough, that you need to do the work in between to make the changes that you want.    I also talked about my golf coach Paul, who wouldn’t allow me to have […]

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Practice makes permanent

I love playing golf.      The difficulty of the technique, the fact there are a thousand and one components to the swing.  I love being outside and I love the mental challenge it offers me.     Recently, I’ve started working on one of my 2018 goals to reduce my handicap. This has involved having lessons.  It started […]

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You don’t have to be an A* student to have an A* business

  It’s that time of term when Josie gets her school report. About a week ago, as I wrote this at the start of April, I get an email from the school with the standard covering letter.   How things have changed! I remember getting mine as a letter in the post. I’d fill with […]

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Don’t make up your customer journey as you go along

I went to see a friend of mine last week. He’s what I’d call a ‘geeky’ type of guy and he’s my go-to ‘techie guy’ when things break, or I want to throw my laptop out of the window.     He lives in Southampton.  We’d arranged to spend an afternoon together, catching up and working […]

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How important is your to-do list?

What type of tasks did you spend the most time on today? The likelihood is that whatever you spent your time on it fits into one of three categories: Fun This is an obvious one. We love doing what we love doing. It keeps us engaged and makes us feel happy and fulfilled. Urgent Tasks […]

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